What's the Difference between The Butler: A Witness to History the Book and Lee Daniels' The Butler the Movie?


The Butler: A Witness to History

Released: 2013
Author: Wil Haygood

Lee Daniels' The Butler

Released: 2013
Director: Lee Daniels
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Eugene Allen
Cecil Gaines
Portrayed by: Forest Whitaker
Helen Allen
Gloria Gaines
Portrayed by: Oprah Winfrey
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   The Butler is named Eugene Allen. His name is Cecil Gaines.
   This isn't discussed. Cecil sees his father being murdered by a white plantation owner who had raped his mother.
   The Butler grew up in Virginia. He grows up in Georgia.
   This doesn't happen. Cecil breaks into a hotel restaurant to steal food.
   Young Eugene gets a job as a waiter in a Virginia Hotel. He gets the job in North Carolina.
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